Upslope head brewer Alex Violette, who has been making beer for the Boulder brewery since early 2009, is leaving his post there to start his own place in Vietnam. It's an unusual career choice to leave the center of this nation's brewing universe for a country where craft beer is virtually unheard ... More >>
We've written before about the strange career of Denver cabbie and secret author Gary Reilly, who wrote more than two dozen novels over decades but never tried to publish any of them before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61. That long silence is now being swept away by his friends, nov ... More >>
With the temperatures dropping, Thai food -- with all its fresh flavors and heat -- is sounding very appetizing. Thai Monkey Club, which Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed, is just one of the exciting new spots that's joined a line of favorite standbys. Spice junkies often quabble over the spots with the ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
Edward Vanegas says he's drawing a line between traditional Thailand and the vital Thailand of today with his Longmont eatery, Urban Thai. "There's an older senior population that is the traditional Thai people that you come in contact with. They are very connected to the traditions," says Vanegas, ... More >>
It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
Vietnamese soup is good food any time of the year, and always fun to accessorize with fresh vegetables and spicy sauces -- but on a cold day like today, a great bowl of pho is enough to bowl you over. Fortunately, in Denver our cup runneth over with pho spots. Here, in no particular order (until th ... More >>
At a potluck dinner party at my home a few years ago, I made the mistake of handing Pete Marczyk a can of Scotch Buy black pepper that had expired in 1988 -- which meant the pepper was old as the friends' marriage we were celebrating, and a lot less spicy. But that black dust did manage to provide t ... More >>
Young Americans have lots of experience with war, right? I mean, we've lived (very remotely) through wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and we've got hard-hitting blockbusters like Battleship and Red Tails to learn from. We can even step into a soldier's shoes with video games like Call of Duty, Hal ... More >>
You probably know him best from his weekly appearances on E!'s Chelsea Lately, where host Chelsea Handler frequently questions his sexual orientation and capitalizes on stereotypes related to his Asian-American heritage. But Jo Koy isn't just a basic-cable punching bag. He's been climbing his way up ... More >>
Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is currently at the Toronto Film Festival, from where she'll be writing regular blog posts. This is her second in the series. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Fi ... More >>
Kong Phom, a native of Thailand who has been in the States for thirty years, doesn't waste time: It took just a few months after he opened Thai Monkey Club, a curry and noodle parlor, on South Broadway last year to ink a deal on a second spot.
Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part one of my chat with Pritchett ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I just had an amazing meal at Red Med ... More >>
Real "Thai spicy." That's what owner and Chiang Mai native Joy Phom promises at Thai Monkey Club, opening on Saturday at 102 South Broadway, in the Baker neighborhood. To celebrate (and bring more folks through the door), she's offering a buy-one-get-one-free special up to $10 that's applicab ... More >>
Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine is open again after a brief summer break. After a sabbatical in Thailand, the couple who owns Dancing Noodle, our pick as Best Thai Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2010, are back in the kitchen, cooking up Thai fare that's certain to be more authentic than ever. ... More >>
Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine, the family-run spot we named Best Thai Restaurant in 2010, is closed until Thursday, July 21, while the couple that owns it is on sabbatical in Thailand. And that's ultimately good news: Once Dancing Noodle reopens, its commitment to authentic Thai fare should be ... More >>
What's the best way to perk up a tired movie franchise? Most of the time, there is no way. But movie producers still continue to try by taking the old characters overseas and hoping the new locale will reheat the leftovers. Case in point: Cars 2. The film comes out this Friday and promises to ... More >>
John Sayles is best known as a cult-director and script doctor, but apparently all that time spent writing and directing his own movies isn't enough for him, as he's also an accomplished novelist. Sayles will be hanging out at the Tattered Cover on Colfax this weekend to answer all your quest ... More >>
Mark MangerOver the course of my life in Denver, I've eaten a lot of mediocre Thai food, putting down bowls of curry and plates of pad Thai that were edible -- but forgettable -- up and down the Front Range. But this winter, after I returned from Southeast Asia, where I'd eaten nothing that ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand. Taste of Thailand chef/owner Noy Farrell, who has been turning out Thai food since 1994 from the kitchen confines of her faithfully crowded restaurant across the street from Swedish Hospital, grows vegetables, berries, herbs and various ... More >>
Old Radio, a prominent member of the Hot Congress collective and generally excellent band, has finally finished its debut recording. The band is slated to release the new EP, titled New Wives' Tale, this Thursday during Hot Congress's final night of residency at the Meadowlark. You can hear ... More >>
When the Four Seasons Hotel, 1111 14th Street, opens its doors for guests this fall, it will also give Denver a new place to eat: EDGE Restaurant & Bar. Defined by the Four Seasons as a "contemporary steakhouse," the eatery will also feature wild game and a tapas menu, as well as a long, by-t ... More >>
Lori MidsonWild Ginger, the excellent Thai restaurant at 399 West Littleton Boulevard in Littleton, is on hiatus until August 28, an extended holiday of sorts, while owner Somsak Damrongsang hangs out in his native Thailand and the kitchen gets a makeover. "We remodeled the dining room fou ... More >>
Happy birthday to Twelve, which brought fine dining to a less-than-fine location at 2233 Larimer Street last fall, but has survived that first tough year. And tonight, chef/owner Jeff Osaka will celebrate his restaurant's first birthday by gifting diners with a complimentary glass of sparkl ... More >>
We're working hard to stay on top of the restaurant industry news -- a challenging task in these uncertain times. Whenever we hear of restaurants opening or closing, we post it on this blog; now we're going to start summarizing the action at the end of the month. And there's been plenty of action i ... More >>
It's beginning to feel a lot like blog roundup time. Today in Backbeat Online: • Twelve things every Wu-Tang Clan fan should own. • Mile High Makeout: Dreaming of me. • An extremely entertaining Q&A with Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic. • Rap Up: Whygee and Sunken State unite for a free EP. • ... More >>
As you like it. Today in Backbeat Online: • Sebastien Tellier (pictured) talks about Sexuality in a naughy Q&A. • Oasis' Noel Gallagher gets the Q&A treatment, too. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout gives a listen to Mike Marchant's campfire songs. • A look at photographer Peter Beste's black- ... More >>
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Happily ever after is indeed the case for five of six men who went to Thailand in search of love and marriage two years ago as part of a ten-day trip with Richard Beals’ Denver-based Thailand Romance Tours. The company was founded by Richard and his wife, Seow, who guided the group and took them t ... More >>
July 17th, 2007 Riverside Hotel Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon) District 1 Esteemed Editor, If you recall, this whole caper started off two months ago with a bunk tip from a blackjack dealer in Vegas regarding a cousin connection in Iraq. My intention to provide our news organization with a set of eyes ... More >>
As new ethnic enclaves appear, the originals die off.
This little storefront curries favor with fans of Thai food.
When its snowing outside, good pho can bowl you over.
Vietnam House is a rock star.
T-Wa has been to hell and back.
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.
Saigon Terrace's authentic Vietnamese food turns Colorado Boulevard into Ho Chi Minh Trail.
J's Noodles muddles along without its owner at the helm.